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PACO Opportunities

There are many options to enhance your skills as a paralegal, your membership in PACO, and to network and get to know other paralegals in our organization. One of the best ways to accomplish these advantages is to join a committee, and PACO’s Board encourages you to do so! Many hands make light work, and being involved with a committee provides more benefits for you in addition to the few listed above. Please take note of the following:

Public Relations Committee

If you are interested in publicity relative to the activities of PACO, you may want to check out the Public Relations Committee. This committee will be meeting for its Committee Kick-off Meeting on August 16th at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Poling Law, located at 300 East Broad Street. Free parking is provided via an entrance to an attached parking garage off Grant Avenue. If you wish to attend in person, please contact the Committee Chair, Mindi Schaefer, at MSchaefer@poling-law.com, or you may call her at (614) 737-2914. If you are unable to attend in person, please contact Mindi to discuss an option to attend via telephone. The RSVP deadline is August 14th.

PACO’s Mentoring Committee

Calling all PACO senior paralegals... if you are interested in an opportunity to give back to the community, please consider becoming a PACO Mentor by sharing your wealth of wisdom and insight you have gained over the years with mentees. PACO’s Mentoring Program is for senior paralegals to guide, lead and coach paralegal students and junior paralegals down a path to success. A mentor does more than give advice and brainstorm with mentees, they act as a confidant and provide guidance by forming a trusting friendship in a mentor-mentee relationship.

If you are interested in becoming a PACO Mentor in providing your insight and wisdom with mentees, please send an email to Rebecca Lewis, PACO Mentoring Program Committee Chair, to learn more information at: mentor@pacoparalegals.org.

Summer Board Retreat and Planning Meeting

Did you know that your Board and all Committee Chairpersons and Representatives meet each summer to plan the upcoming year of PACO goals and activities? This year’s gathering will be conducted on Saturday, July 28th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This meeting is not limited to PACO’s leaders – all members are invited and welcome to attend and participate! If you are interested in attending, please contact me at president@pacoparalegals.org no later than Tuesday, July 24th, and I will provide additional information and details!

Scholarship for Students

The law firm of Doucet & Associates is offering a student scholarship. First prize is $1,000 and Second prize is $250. To apply / compete for the scholarship, please submit a short essay (300-500 words) responding to this question: Why are consumer laws important for society?

The deadline to apply is September 28, 2018.

A goal of the scholarship is to raise awareness about the benefits of consumer protection laws. The link to the scholarship page is https://www.doucet.law/scholarship/.

PACO Job Bank

Don’t forget to check out our Job Bank to view a current list of employment opportunities! There have been a few just in the last week! For information about posting a new opportunity with us, please visit http://www.pacoparalegals.org/job_bank.html or contact Cassandra Struble at jobbank@pacoparalegals.org.

Please contact any of our Board members if you have any questions or concerns:

Teresa Scharf – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Lynn Cory – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Kemmily Kwok – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Connie French – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Garth Rowbotham – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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